Magazine article Gramophone

Weinberg: Violin Concerto, Op 67

Magazine article Gramophone

Weinberg: Violin Concerto, Op 67

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Violin Concerto, Op 67 (a). Symphony No 4, Op 61

(a) Ilya Gringolts vn

Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra / Jacek Kaspszyk

Warner Classics [F] 2564 62248-3 (62' * DDD)

Back in the mid-1970s, HMV included these two works among the carefully selected Soviet repertoire they issued on licence from Melodiya. Those performances--Kondrashin conducting, with Leonid Kogan in the Concerto--resurfaced on CD in the late 1990s, as part of Olympia's pioneering Weinberg survey. Now the same works appear again but in the context of a more dramatic international re-evaluation of the composer.

In recent years the Poles have gone some way towards re-adopting Weinberg (a native Varsovian) to the extent of actually leading the way with his symphonies. The Fourth Symphony is probably the most immediately appealing of the cycle of 26, with a slow movement of both delicacy and depth of feeling that draws on Weinberg's own songs--the most conspicuous remaining gap in his recorded output. Jacek Kaspszyk takes a more relaxed approach than either Kondrashin or Gabriel Chmura; but, much as I admire his poise and sprightliness, there is considerably more drive and relish in both rival versions. …

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